The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be taking place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. Team India under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan gearing up to challenge Sri Lanka on their home turf. Although the team is missing some key personnel, the Indian squad isn’t short on star power, with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being part of it. With a well-balanced team in place, the visitors will head into the game and series as the favorites, but they are in for a tough test.
The hosts, Sri Lanka, are in a spot of bother. Kusal Perera’s absence dents their fortunes with Dasun Shanaka appointed as the captain of the team. However, Sri Lanka boasts a decent unit that is built to maximize the subcontinent conditions, something that the Indian team management, heralded by Rahul Dravid, will have to contend with.
As previously mentioned, the Indian team will be head into this game as the clear favorites, but Sri Lanka is well and truly capable of flipping the script. With both teams eyeing a big win in the fixture, the fans can expect a cracking start to the series on Sunday.
Dasun Shanaka will be leading the Sri Lankan team. The squad is severely depleted with the absence of some veteran cricketers. Angelo Mathews has opted out due to personal reasons. Kusal Perera and Binura Fernando have been ruled out due to injuries.
Probable XI: Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara/Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera
Shikhar Dhawan will be on his first assignment as the national captain. With 10 out of 20 players in the squad uncapped, expect a few debut caps to be handed during the series.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Rahul Chahar and Navdeep Saini
Fantasy Suggestion #1:
Sanju Samson, Avishka Fernando, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Dhananjaya de Silva, Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar (vc), Dushmantha Chameera, and Yuzvendra Chahal
Fantasy Suggestion #2:
Sanju Samson, Avishka Fernando, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Dasun Shanaka, Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga (vc), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Dushmantha Chameera, and Isuru Udana